Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider tackles a number of topics surrounding the club, he looks at the disappearing tight ends in the passing game, has some further review of plays and strategy from the Rams game, and looks ahead to the Bills, noting that Drew Bledsoe has not been sacked in the last games, perhaps as a result of the emergence of Willis McGahee. Michael Parente says that Buffalo is not the same team it was earlier in the season and this Sunday night they will not be a pushover. Alan Greenberg looks at a strong first half of the season for the Patriots, but curiously ends his piece fretting about the Patriots not winning the division and only ending up with a number 5 seed in the playoffs. He feels the offense, if it gets healthy could be the best in franchise history, despite a thinning offensive line. Michael Felger also takes a look at the best and worst of the first half of the season for the Patriots.
Bob Ryan declares Troy Brown his “all-time get-to-the-gut, most rootable Patriot”. He recaps the career of Brown, and captures what this guy is all about. Enjoy him while he playing, because you’re not going to see another guy like this for a long time. Chris Kennedy looks at how Randall Gay and Earthwind Moreland were relaxed enough to help the Patriots pound the Rams on Sunday. Jonathan Comey hands out some midseason hardware around the NFL. He’s also got his Power Rankings, where he slides the Patriots back into the top spot. Alisha A Pina looks at a 7 year old getting a visit from Tom Brady and Bethel Johnson. The Herald has another passage from Felger’s book today, this one looks at Darryl Stingley in the present day. Parente’s notebook says that the Patriots might be in the market for some help on the offensive line. He also has some quotes from Mike Martz mocking Troy Brown’s play at DB.
Michael Silverman and Bob Hohler look at the situation with Jason Varitek and his agent demanding a 5 year contract with a no-trade clause that would easily exceed 50 million dollars. Bill Burt says that Pedro Martinez belongs in Boston and that it should be an easy choice for him to stay. Art Martone says the Red Sox could repeat history if they let Pedro walk. Lenny Megliola writes that sometimes even Terry Francona’s father questioned his moves this season. Jeff Horrigan reports on the surgery for Curt Schilling. Jason Stark of ESPN.com has the gory details, including photos of the ankle. Steve Buckley has Bruce Hurst thrilled over the Sox championship. Silverman’s notebook observes that with so many question marks with their own players, the Red Sox hot stove season could be off to a slow start. Hohler’s notebook has more on Schilling’s surgery.
Roger Clemens took home his 7th Cy Young Award yesterday. Gordon Edes and Michael O’Connor look at the honor for the 42 year old Clemens. Steve Buckley writes that the term “great” just doesn’t even begin to capture what Roger Clemens is. Jack O’Connell speculates if Clemens really will hang it up this time. As long as he’s in the NL, I hope Clemens keeps pitching. It makes me feel young, seeing this guy who has been playing since I was a kid…
Steve Bulpett and Peter May each have articles on Celtics rookie Al Jefferson, who will likely see his playing time increase as he has been impressive in the time that he has been on the court thus far. Tommy Heinsohn already loves the kid, and raves at every little thing he does. Both articles above emphasize that he still have a lot of learning to do. May’s piece goes a little more into how he ended up on the Celtics and how they viewed him prior to the draft. The second edition of BSMW’s Full Court Press has the panel taking a position by position look at the early season Celtics. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Paul Pierce enduring seven hours of dental surgery, but planning on being ready to go tonight.
Russ Conway has a fond look back at the long and storied career of Ray Bourque.
Ron Borges has an outstanding article on Evander Holyfield, who will just not give up the ghost, and continues fighting on. Borges is gentle in his treatment of Holyfield, giving him respect, yet not ignoring the obvious…the fighter’s skills are clearly eroded. Articles like this make Borges’ football articles all the more hard to swallow.
FSN has Celtics/Blazers at 7:00. NESN has SportsPlus at 6:30 and 10:30 and Tom Caron, Bob Ryan and Nick Cafardo talk Sox, Celtics, BC football, and the Patriots and Caron goes one-on-one with Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. On CN8 SportsPulse at 10:00, Mike Dee of the Red Sox and the Fenway Sports Group will be on to discuss Fenway Park, and BC Hockey coach Jerry York will also be on.